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War correspondent-novelist Martha Gellhorn dies at 89

American writer and war correspondent Martha Gellhorn, who covered conflicts from the Spanish Civil War to Vietnam and Panama, has died at age 89.

Gellhorn, who had cancer, died Monday at her London home, said her stepson, Sandy Matthews.Described by the Daily Telegraph as "one of the great war correspondents of the century," Gellhorn focused on the suffering of civilian victims and on the experiences of ordinary soldiers, rather than the politics of war.

"All politicians are bores and liars and fakes," she said. "I talk to people."

Gellhorn, who also wrote 13 novels, resented being most famous as the third wife of Ernest Hemingway. "I was a writer before I met him, and I have been a writer for 45 years since," she once complained. "Why should I be a footnote to someone else's life?"